Jewish Life in

UZBEKISTAN

Sunday, August 30th to Thursday, September 10th, 2020

 

with an Optional Extension to

TURKMENISTAN

Thursday, September 10th - Sunday, September 13th, 2020

 

Led by

Dr. D. Gershon Lewental

Shalem College

Jerusalem

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Situated along the famous Silk Road, Central Asia—stretching from eastern Iran to western China—served historically as an entrepôt for goods and ideas between western and eastern Asia. For centuries following the rise of Islam, Central Asia was the intellectual, cultural, and financial heart of Islamic civilisation, producing many of the most important religious scholars, scientists, historians, and poets in the world at the time. The region produced such noted polymaths as Ebn Sina (Avicenna) and al-Biruni, philosophers like al-Farabi and al-Ghazali, mathematicians like ʿOmar Khayyam and al-Khvarezmi, religious scholars like al-Bukhari, and poets like Ferdowsi; indeed, it was in Central Asia that algebra, the Modern Persian language, samosas (or sambusas), and lapis lazuli first emerged. The Mongol invasions, which ravaged this region in the Thirteenth Century, marked the decline of Central Asia as a cosmopolitan hub of enlightenment, but it experienced a renaissance of art, architecture, and science under the descendants of Timur (Tamerlane) in the Fifteenth Century. Our tour will explore the remarkable legacy of Central Asia, from the rise of Islam through the centuries of Russian and Soviet rule until the birth of the present-day republics. We will focus also on the history and experiences of Jews under Islam in general and in Central Asia, in particular. Learning will take place as we visit some of the most exciting historical, cultural, and religious sites and buildings in the region, whose architecture and splendour still bear testimony to the rich heritage of the region.

Itinerary

Sunday, August 30th – Day 1 – DEPART FROM USA

 

The Columns in Mustakillik Square

Monday, August 31st - Day 2 - TASHKENT

 

Morning:

Arrival at Tashkent International Airport.  After being greeted by the local guide, we will transfer to the hotel. There will be time to settle-in and relax.

 

Afternoon:

After time for lunch as a group, we will board our motor coach and embark on a city tour. Our stops will include: the Monument of Courage – this is the monument dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in 1966, after which Tashkent was wholly reconstructed; Beit Menachem,  a synagogue  with two prayer halls (religious services held daily); a walk through the old Jewish community: and a visit to School #321. We talk to local Jews of the neighborhood and pay a special visit to the oldest Jewish cemetery from XVIII century. We will continue to Mustakillik Square – the former “Red Square” – which is today the modern main square of Tashkent with official government buildings. We will have time to browse inside The Applied Arts Museum, which was the exquisite home of a Russian diplomat with precious samples of the Uzbek arts.

 

Evening:

We will have our Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Meals: Lunch and Welcome Dinner

 

Overnight: City Palace Hotel in Tashkent or similar

 

Statue of Tamerlane in Tashkent

Tuesday, September 1st - Day 3 - TASHKENT

 

Morning:

After breakfast and our first Learning Session on THE FLOURISHING OF CLASSICAL ISLAMIC CIVILISATION IN CENTRAL ASIA, we will visit the local oriental bazaar called the Chorsu. Its huge green dome makes the market the most colorful of the city. The Square of Tamerlane is a national symbol of the country where we see the national hero’s dominating statue. The Tashkent Metro, completed in 1977, is unique in Central Asia with its impressive stations. We will then visit the Tero synagogue with its impressive authentic local décor. It is not noteworthy from the outside, but something reminiscent of by-gone days on the inside when the Bukharan Jewish community had over 100,000 members.

 

Afternoon:

After lunch together, we begin an afternoon of touring in the old city where we visit Hasti Iman. The entire complex, which is now consists of the Barakhan and Muyi Muborak madrassah, the Tilla Shaykh and Namozgah Mosques, the Tomb of Kaffal Shashi, the newly built Hazrat Imam Mosque and the administrative building of the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan. It was named Hazrat Imam (in the modern pronunciation of Hast Imam) on behalf of the Sheikh Kaffal Shashi.

The main attraction of this complex is the
oldest Koran in the world from the VII century. It is the original which was brought from Bagdad by Tamerlane.

 

Evening:

After dinner in the hotel, we will have our second Learning Session: THE MONGOL ONSLAUGHT AND THE DESTRUCTION OF CENTRAL ASIA.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Overnight: City Palace Hotel in Tashkent or similar

 

Gumbaz Synagogue in Samarkand

Wednesday, September 2nd - Day 4 - TASHKENT/SAMARKAND

 

Morning:

After breakfast and check-out, we will transfer to the railway station to board a high-speed train for Samarkand. After 2 hours and 10 minutes, we arrive to our destination. We begin our tour with the Registan Square (XV–XVIIc), the official center of Timur Empire. The square is the focal point of three grandiose madrasahs of Ulugbek, Sher Dor and Tillya Kari which are situated around the public square. During our tour, we will have our Third Learning Session: THE TIMURID RENAISSANCE.

 

Afternoon:

In the afternoon, we will visit the Jewish quarter where we see the remarkable Gumbaz synagogue located in the old part of Samarkand. This synagogue is more than 200 years old and was built on the land which had been bought by local Jews from Bukharian Emir. The Regional Studies Museum occupies the former home of a prominent Jewish merchant and has a lavish wing devoted to Jewish history, with old photos of Samarkand’s once-prominent population of both European and Bukhara Jews.

 

Evening:

We will enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Overnight: Emir Han Boutique Hotel in Samarkand or similar

 

Ulugbek’s Observatory in Samarkand

Thursday, September 3rd - Day 5 – SAMARKAND

 

Morning:

After breakfast, we will embark on a full day of touring. The Gur Amir Mausoleum (XV c) is the Timurid’s dynastic burial vault. A unique monument from an architectural perspective, it features a blue-ribbed tessellated dome. Our next stop will be the Shahi Zinda necropolis (XIV–XV c), known as the Town of Tombs, a complex of more than 20 unique buildings of different ages. We will then pay a visit to the Jewish cemetery. Afterwards, we will head for the Silk Paper Factory which is an extraordinary place where the antique method of paper production is still used today.

 

Afternoon:

After lunch on your own, we visit the Ulugbek’s Observatory (XV c), the first observatory in the orient with 30m sextant built by Ulugbek to make an exact astronomical catalogue. Afterwards, we will see the Bibi Khanym Mosque which was is the largest construction project of Timur the Great when he built his capital. Our touring will conclude with a visit to the famous Siab oriental bazar and our Fourth Learning Session on THE RISE AND FALL OF THE UZBEK KHANATES.

 

Evening:

The evening is at leisure. Your guide will make recommendations where you can sample some of the city's culinary delights.

 

Meal: Breakfast

 

Overnight: Emir Han Boutique Hotel in Samarkand or similar

 

 

Friday, September 4th - Day 6 - SAMARKAND

 

Morning:

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Or Avner synagogue in the new part of Samarkand. The synagogue is very well attended by the Russian Jewish population. Afterwards, will meet with members of the local Jewish community for a short discussion.

 

We will then travel to the Al Bukhariy complex, a Muslim holy pilgrimage center located 15 miles from Samarkand. The Afrosiab Museum is a building that features the old royal frescos. It is a precious document from the VII century. The Saint Alex cathedral is one of the city’s first churches. Built in 1920, it has a unique design and history. During our visit, we will have our Fifth Learning Session on RUSSIAN COLONIALISM AND SOVIET RULE IN CENTRAL ASIA.

 

Afternoon:

The afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Your guide will be glad to give you some suggestions about where to have lunch and what to see.

 

Evening:

The group will go to services and have Erev Shabbat Dinner together.

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Overnight: Emir Han Boutique Hotel in Samarkand or similar

 

 

Panorama View of Poi Kalon in Bukhara

Saturday, September 5th - Day 7 - SAMARKAND/BUKHARA

 

Morning:

After breakfast, we will board our motor coach and travel to Bukhara.

 

Afternoon:

We will arrive at lunchtime. The city tour includes the Samanid’s mausoleum (IX – X c). It was the first building in Central Asia constructed from backed bricks in the shape of a cube covered by a dome with unrepeatable geometrical brickwork design – a masterpiece of world architecture. Afterwards, we will visit Poi Kalon (XII – XVI c), an architectural ensemble in the center of old Bukhara – includes the cathedral mosque Masjidi Kalon, the Miri Arab madrasah and the highest minaret (46 m) at that time in the Orient. Trading Domes consist of three trading centers: Tok-i-Zargaron (1570), the Jeweler’s Bazaar; Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon, the Cap Maker’s Bazaar; and Tok-i-Sarrafon, the Money-Changer’s Bazaar. During our visit, we will have our sixth Learning Session on CONTEMPORARY GEO-POLITICS OF CENTRAL ASIA. The Labi Havuz complex is the center of the old city which includes a couple of madrasahs, shops and a pedestrian square.

 

Evening:

We will dine together as a group at a local restaurant.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Overnight: Safiya Boutique Hotel in Bukhara or similar

 

 

 

The Bukhara Synagogue

Sunday, September 6th - Day 8 - BUKHARA

 

Morning:

 

Today we will visit the most interesting places of Jewish Bukhara: the Bukhara synagogue from XVI century, the Jewish neighborhood, schools and the kindergarten. We will be greeted with the words “Shalom Aleichem” “Peace be with you”), a tradition not found among European Jews. We will also visit traditional houses of nineteenth century Jews which were later converted into hotels or modern houses. During our visit to the Jewish Quarter, we will have our seventh Learning Session on JEWISH LIFE UNDER ISLAM.

 

 

Afternoon:

Our sightseeing in Bukhara continues by visiting the Chor Minor madrasah, which is unique and one of the most surprising buildings in Bukhara with four minarets - one in each corner. It was built in 1807 by Turkmen merchant Khalif Niyazkul. Afterwards, we will visit the summer residence Sitorai Mohi Hosa. It is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved residences of the Emirs of Bukhara. One of the highlights of the day will be our visit to the Bolo Havuz mosque, an extraordinarily beautiful Friday mosque with its 20 columns. Before dinner, we will be entertained by a national music and dance show in a beautiful madrasah.

 

Evening:

We will have dinner as a group at a local restaurant.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Overnight: Safiya Boutique Hotel in Bukhara or similar

 

 

Handmade Ceramics of Uzbekistan

Monday, September 7th - Day 9 - BUKHARA

 

Morning:

After breakfast in the hotel, our first stop of the day will be a visit the Kanisa Mulla Mani synagogue within the Jewish neighborhood. During our visit we will have our eighth Learning Session on THE DECLINE OF CENTRAL ASIAN JEWRY. We will then have a treat as we watch process of weaving silk into the world-famous “flying carpets of Bukhara”.

 

 

Afternoon:

In the afternoon, lunch is on your own and we will go to Gijduvan and visit the Ceramics Boutique where the local artisans will show us the production process as well as a cooking demonstration of Uzbek bread. Afterwards, there will be free time for shopping and exploring on your own.

 

Evening:

The evening is at leisure.

 

Meal: Breakfast

 

Overnight: Safiya Boutique Hotel in Bukhara or similar

 

Kalta Minor Minaret in Khiva

Tuesday,  September 8th - Day 10 - BUKHARA/KHIVA

 

Morning:

After breakfast and check-out, we will take the long (280 miles) ride to Khiva. We will be travelling through the Kyzylkum Desert which for centuries marked the northern limits of Transoxiana and the edge of the boundless nomadic steppe. Along the way you will see the Amu Darya River, the largest river in Central Asia which separates the Kyzyl Kum from the Kara Kum of Turkmenistan.

 

Afternoon:

We will have a picnic along the way and stop en route for beautiful panoramic photo opportunities. We will also break-up the ride with an OPEN TOPIC Q&A. We will arrive to our destination in the late afternoon.

 

 

Evening:

We will have an after dark walk in the Old City of Khiva before having our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic and Farewell Dinner

 

Overnight: Orient Star Hotel in Khiva or similar

 

 

Wednesday, September 9th - Day 11 - KHIVA/TASHKENT

 

Khiva is described as part of the fairytale “Thousand and One Nights” and visitors can spend days exploring the palaces and majestic homes, mosques, mausoleums, shops, arches and domes and minarets that have become iconic. Khiva was an important stop on the historic Silk Road and, as you stroll along the streets, you quickly get a feeling of what it must have been like living in the city all those centuries ago.

 

Dating back more than 2,500 years, Khiva was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1990.

 

Morning:

After breakfast, we will embark on a tour of the city.  The Amin Khan Madrasah and Kalta Minor Minaret, the first buildings of the city built in the 1850s.  Since Soviet times it served as a hotel. We will also visit Djuma mosque (X – XVII c), a cathedral mosque, the roof of which lies on 212 wooden columns with unique acoustics and original technical ideas of natural lighting. Kunya ark (XVII c) – an inner fortress with administrative buildings, gunpowder works, law courts, and a mosque, is a main attraction. We will also visit the Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum (XIV – XIX c), a most remarkable architectural and memorial complex with its unique tiles.

 

Afternoon:

After time for lunch on your own, we will visit the Islam Khodja minaret and madrassah (1908), the tallest minaret in Khiva with its observation area. Tosh Havli or simply "Harem" is a very historic place within the city where khans had lived with their four official wives and forty concubines. During the visit, we will have our final Learning Session on CENTRAL ASIA’S PLACE IN WORLD HISTORY.

 

 

Evening:

After dinner on your own, we will fly to Tashkent for an overnight stay before returning to the home.

 

Meals: Breakfast 

 

Overnight: City Palace Hotel inTashkent or similar

 

 

 

Thursday, September 10th - Day 12 - RETURN TO USA

 

Morning:

After breakfast, transfer to the Tashkent International Airport for the flight back to the US.

 

 

 

THIS ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Hotels in Uzbekistan

Lotte City Palace Hotel in Tashkent

 

Built in 1958, the hotel has been designated as part of Uzbekistan`s cultural heritage.  It is located at the center of Uzbekistan within a few minutes drive to the airport and right next to major buildings like the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet House, the Trading Center and the Central Bank. Now, Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace has come to exhibit our harmony with classical appearance and sophisticated interior design after undergoing our overall renovation in October 2013. Above all, you will enjoy private service at leisure in our beautiful courtyard and outdoor swimming pool. An outdoor restaurant located on the top floor of our hotel will add to the special value of Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace.

 Hotel Emir Han in Samarkand

 

The Hotel Emir Han is the right choice for visitors who are searching for a mixture of charm, tranquility and grace, and a convenient location from which to explore Samarkand. It is a comfortable hotel, positioned right on the patch of Silk Road that famously connected Samarkand and Bukhara. The welcoming and professional staff offers an attentive, personalized service and is always do their best to meet each demand of our guests. The hotel is arranged on six floors with an elevator. The rooms are arranged from the second to the sixth floors. On the ground floor there is a comfortable lounge where you can have breakfast or just sit and relax during the day. There is also a nice yard to enjoy the sunshine in the mornings. A lovely pool located in the yard is available for guests from mid-May to mid-October. The infrastructure and location of the hotel are perfect for people on a business trip to Samarkand, as well as for those who travel as tourists.

 

Safiya Boutique Hotel in Bukhara

 

The Safiya is a new hotel in the old part of Bukhara located a few minutes’ walk from the well-known ensemble Lyabi-Hauz. It was built in 2017 and is a three-story building with a nice inner yard where you can enjoy the evening.

The twenty-one room hotel offers single, double and triple accommodations. Interior of the rooms combines calm classics with the elements of oriental décor, thus your stay there will be in the atmosphere of the East. Room amenities comply with hotel standards, and there is everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The restaurant, located in the basement, offers continental breakfast. If you wish to try Uzbek cuisine, Chinor restaurant is a few steps away from the hotel.

Free wi-fi is available throughout the hotel.

 

 

 

 

Orient Star Hotel in Khiva

 

 

The hotel is located in Ichan-Kala  and occupies a building of former madrassah of Moukhammed Amin Khan, which was built in the middle of the 19th century (1851 - 1853). It is the biggest madrassah of the city where up to 250 students resided and studied till the beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays former rooms of the students accommodate the tourists. The spirit of past times reigns over every nook of the hotel. The connoisseurs, as well as amateurs of ancient history and architecture may appreciate this hotel at its true value once they take a closer look at it: coolness during the hot period of time thanks to its unique structure lets the guests of the hotel stay inside with no need in air conditioning. The hotel offers 78 rooms. The room facilities are: a bath room, a mini-bar, a telephone, and an air-conditioning system. The following services are at the guests' disposal: a souvenir shop, an exchange office, a bar, and tea house.

 

 

Study Tour Team

 

Our Scholar

Dr. D. Gershon Lewental is a cultural historian of the Middle East and a member of the faculty of the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Shalem College. He has been the Schusterman visiting assistant professor of Israel studies at the Department of History and the College of International Studies of the University of Oklahoma since 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Cornell University and his doctorate in Middle Eastern history from Brandeis University. His dissertation, on the changing perceptions of the Arab-Islamic conquest of Iran through time, received the Foundation of Iranian Studies Best Dissertation Award and the Brandeis University Glatzer Dissertation Prize.

 

Our Tour Escort

Moshe Margolin is the Director of Jewish  Explorations.

He holds degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Teachers College, Columbia University.

His career in the field of Jewish Education spans four decades. He has held senior positions in both the United States and in Israel including the founding VP of Education for Birthright Israel and the Program Officer at the Fulbright Commission at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. He has been associated with The Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Hebrew College in Boston and The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

Moshe is married to Dr. Judith Margolin, the Clinical Director of the Women’s Program at Penn Medicine’s Princeton Behavioral Health. She is in private practice as well. They live in Princeton and have three grown children and three grandchildren.

In 2019, he served as the Tour Escort on study tours to Morocco and Charleston/Savannah.

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Prices

Based on a minimum of 10 participants.

$500 deposit required upon registering.

 

 

LAND ONLY:

$3360 per person in a double room

$395 single room supplement

 

The cost of the international flights will not be available until September.

 

 

Price Includes:

  • Full program as outlined in the Itinerary
  • Services of a Scholar during the study tour with 9 Learning Sessions
  • Services of an experienced guide and driver
  • Services of an experienced tour escort
  • Meals as indicated - Breakfasts each day, 5 Lunches  and 7 Dinners (Meals do not include alcoholic beverages nor soft drinks)
  • All tips [For the guide and driver, wait staff at included meals and porters]

Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare from/to JFK [Price are not yet available]
  • E-Visas. Participants must apply on their own. [Current cost: $20]
  • Services of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance. This maybe purchased through the Gil Travel Group:

http://www.giltravel.com/israel-travel-resources/israel-travel-insurance.html 

 

IMPORTANT!

Allow 6 weeks to obtain visas to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Questions???

 

For Travel and Registration-Related Questions:

Please Contact

Luca Dessardo

Gil Travel Group

800-223-3855 X376

lucad@giltravel.com

 

 

For Program Questions:

Please Contact

Moshe Margolin, Director

Jewish Explorations

866-898-0037

moshe@jewish-explorations.com

 

Extension to

TURKMENISTAN

 

Thursday, September 10th - Sunday, September 13th, 2020

 

 

Visiting Turkmenistan

This promises to be an amazing experience. We will be visiting three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (one of which was once the center of the Muslim world).  Our visit to Turkmenistan will reveal a series of stark contrasts: We will be visiting Konye-Urgench, an isolated and seemingly in the middle of nowhere historic site of great importance, seeing Dashoguz, a sprawling Soviet-era industrial city, and experiencing Ashgabat, a gleaming modern city with buildings that stand in counterpoint to its traditionally-dressed citizens.

 

Twin Domes in Konye-Urgench

Thursday, September 10th - Day 1 –

Dashoguz/Konye-Urgench/Dashoguz/Ashgabat

 

Morning:

After an early breakfast and check-out, we will depart for the Turkmenistan/ Uzbekistan border Shavat/Dashoguz (50 miles from Khiva). After completing Customs formalities, we will meet our Turkmen guide and driver. We will then proceed to drive to Konye-Urgench (60 miles away). This UNESCO World Heritage Site (2005) was once the center of the Islamic world. Over the centuries, the city’s conquerors include the Seljuk Turks, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane.

 

Afternoon:

After lunch on your own, we will tour the UNESCO site. Highlights include the Gutlug Timur Minaret and the Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum.

 

We then drive back to Dashoguz, a sprawling Soviet-era industrial town. 

 

Evening:

In the evening, we will board our flight to Ashgabat, a gleaming city that stands in sharp contrast to both Konye-Urgench and Dashoguz.

Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: Oguzkent Hotel  or similar in Ashgabat. 

Ashgabat in Turkmenistan

Friday, September 11th - Day 2 - Ashgabat

 

Morning and Afternoon:

After breakfast in hotel, we will embark on a daylong City Tour of Ashgabat. We will visit several impressive sites including National History Museum, the Nissa Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Independence Parks, the Arch of Neutrality, the National Memorial Complex with the  Earthquake and World War II monuments. A highlight will be a stop at Bagt Koshgi (the Wedding Palace).

 

Evening:

After dinner together at the hotel, we are at leisure to explore on our own.

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Overnight: Oguzkent Hotel or similar in Ashgabat

 

 

 

 

 

Mosque in Mary, Turkmenistan

Saturday, September 12th - Day 3 – Ashgabat/Merv/Ashgabat

 

Morning:

After an early breakfast, we will depart for the airport for our flight to Mary. Upon arrival, we will drive to the Ancient Merv Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is one of the major archaeological sites of Central Asia,  Merv played an important part in the development of the Silk Road for more than 2,000 years.

 

Afternoon:

After sightseeing in Merv, we will have lunch together lunch at local restaurant. After visiting a local bazaar, we will transfer to the airport for the return flight to Ashgabat.

 

Evening:

We will be at leisure to sample the city’s culinary delights.

 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Overnight: Oguzkent Hotel or similar in Ashgabat

 

Sunday, September 13th- Day 4 - Return

 

After a snack in the middle of the night, we will transfer to the airport in Ashgabat in time for the red-eye flight (with a stopover) back to the US. Arrive the same day.

 

Hotel in Turkmenistan

 

Oguzkent Hotel aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year. Given the close proximity to Ertugrul Gazi Mosque (1.5 mi), guests of Oguzkent Hotel can easily experience one of Ashgabat's most popular landmarks. Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Oguzkent Hotel offer a flat screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning. During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including a concierge and room service. Guests of Oguzkent Hotel are also welcome to enjoy a pool and a lounge, located on site. If you’re looking for a cafe, consider a visit to Sazada Kafe, Sha Coffee, or Rahat Coffee, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Oguzkent Hotel. The hotel has earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Prices

 

 

$1105 per person in a double room

$280 single room supplement

Based on a minimum of 9 participants.

 

Price Includes:

  • Invitation letter, entry pass, registration
  • Full program as outlined in the Itinerary
  • Domestic flights tickets (Economy class only): Dashoguz-Ashgabat
  • Domestic flights tickets (Economy class only): Ashgabat – Merv – Ashgabat 

  • Services of an experienced guide and driver

  • Meals as indicated (Meals do not include alcoholic beverages nor soft drinks
  • All tips [For the guide and driver, wait staff at included meals and porters]

Price Do Not Include:

  • Visa fee

  • Migration Duty – USD 14 p/p (to be paid on arrival)

  • Camera fees at sites/museums

  • International air tickets

  • Services of a personal nature

  • Travel insurance. This maybe purchased through the Gil Travel Group:

http://www.giltravel.com/israel-travel-resources/israel-travel-insurance.html 

 

IMPORTANT!

Allow 6 weeks to obtain visas to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Questions???

 

For Travel and Registration-Related Questions:

Please Contact

Luca Dessardo

Gil Travel Group

800-223-3855 X376

lucad@giltravel.com

 

 

For Program Questions:

Please Contact

Moshe Margolin, Director

Jewish Explorations

866-898-0037

moshe@jewish-explorations.com

 

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